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1 a puddle where animals go to wallow
2 an indolent or clumsy rolling about; "a good wallow in the water"


1 devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure; "Wallow in luxury"; "wallow in your sorrows"
2 roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud" [syn: welter]
3 rise up as if in waves; "smoke billowed up nto the sky" [syn: billow]
4 be ecstatic with joy [syn: rejoice, triumph]
5 delight greatly in; "wallow in your success!"

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Etymology 1

etyl ang wealwian, from .


  1. To roll one's self about, as in mire; to tumble and roll about; to move lazily or heavily in any medium; to flounder; as, swine wallow in the mire.
    With Smithers out of the picture I was free to wallow in my own crapulence.
  2. To roll; especially, to roll in anything defiling or unclean.
  3. To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
  4. To wither; to fade.
  • German: sich wälzen (1,2), suhlen (1,2,3), schwelgen (1) (to wallow in vice) dem Laster frönen; (to wallow in money) im Geld schwimmen; (to wallow in pleasure) im Vergnügen schwelgen
  • Dutch: zwelgen (1,2,3)


  1. An instance of wallowing.
  2. A pool of water or mud in which animals wallow.
  3. A kind of rolling walk.

Etymology 2

(From inflected forms of) etyl ang wealg, from . Cognate with dialectal Norwegian valg. Compare waugh.


  1. In the context of "now|_|dialectal": Tasteless, flat.

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